Winter Wonderland – Hyde Park, London

Christmas is a busy time!  Towards the end of November, Hyde Park in London ceases to be a peaceful haven of tranquility for walkers, joggers and cyclists.  It turns into the madness that is the Winter Wonderland.  Neon lights, fairground rides and attractions as far as the eye can see.  Bavarian beer houses, ice sculptures…

Wine Tasting in Rioja, Spain

This morning we woke up in San Sebastian early as we had a fun day planned – Wine Tasting in Rioja – and even more important than that…It was MY BIRTHDAY!  I’m a bit of a princess when it comes to my Birthday and there’s no wasting a second of it by sleeping in! Every…

Day-Trip to Armona Island, Algarve, Portugal

One of the things I love most about my annual trip to Portugal, is getting to spend quality time with my godson Ethan.  He’s on school holidays for the summer so I was thrilled to be getting him for an entire day and we all decided to take a day trip to make it even…

Marufos (The Chicken Shack), Almancil, Algarve, Portugal

This year we went to Marufos after our visit to Armona Island as we’d had a long day and didn’t want to spend an hour getting ready to go out somewhere fancy.  We got home, jumped in the pool, threw on clean beach clothes and headed out to The Chicken Shack. Marufos is an Algarvian…

Top 10 things to do in Biarritz, France

Having visited Biarritz a couple of times now, I’ve definitely got a very soft spot for this gorgeous town.  A seaside town steeped in history, it’s where old school glamour merges with a cool, surf vibe.  A place where you can promenade along the beach, eat amazing seafood or try you hand at extreme sports…

A Day Trip to Cap-Ferret, Aquitaine, France

Whilst doing a bit of research on what to do in Arcachon, one of the stops on our road trip through France & Spain, the recommendation that came up the most was a Day Trip To Cap-Ferret.  Cap-Ferret is a peninsula that separates the Bassin d’Arcachon from the Bay of Biscay and it’s the place…

What to do in Arcachon, Aquitaine, France

We caught the train from Bordeaux to Arcachon, an hour-long journey that cost about €30 for a one way trip, and arrived at Arcachon Train Station.  Arcachon is a seaside town on the West Coast of France, almost directly west of Bordeaux.  It looks out over the Bassin D’Arcachon, an inlet that is surrounded on…

Wine Tasting in Margaux & Moulis – Médoc, Bordeaux, France

As part of our recent trip to Bordeaux, I was invited by the Bordeaux Tourist Board to go on one of their many wine tasting tours around the region.  We decided on an afternoon tour of the Médoc region including Wine Tasting in Margaux and Moulis.  I love a good Margaux wine and was very…

24 hours in Bordeaux, France – A City Dedicated to Wine!

Arriving in Bordeaux to gorgeous sunshine we were all smiles for the first stop on our road trip tour of Western France and Northern Spain.  With our love of wine, Bordeaux was the obvious first stop!  We only had 24 hours in Bordeaux so we had to make the most of our time there. There…

Ilha Deserta, Faro, Algarve, Portugal

Every year I go to Portugal and it’s definitely my happy place.  I love the beaches, restaurants, sea and sun and we often spend days on the beach but sometimes I like to do a day-trip to see a bit more of what this beautiful country has to offer.  Ilha Deserta is one of the…

A Weekend in Hamburg, Germany

Last weekend the Come to Hamburg Program kindly invited Dan and I for a weekend in Hamburg to experience everything that the city has to offer.  3 days full of fun, food, ferries and fish markets which you can read all about below! The First Night Travelling after work, we arrived late into Hamburg Airport…

The Swan Hotel Newby Bridge, Lake District, Cumbria

A few months ago, when I was last in the Lake District for a wedding, I entered a competition on Instagram to win a free night’s stay at The Swan Hotel Newby Bridge.  It’s a beautiful Spa Hotel just on the southernmost tip of Lake Windermere, and well, I WON!!  Dan and I started planning…